Two days after returning home from his official visit to Bloomington, there is no question where the IU program resides in the mind of 6-4, 275-pound offensive lineman Chris Bush.
On top of the recruiting heap.
"Indiana is definitely my leader," said the standout from Rogers H.S. in Puyallup, Wash.
Indiana was the first official visit for the Northwest standout, who said he's also interested in Oregon State, Northwestern and Idaho. Bush said he plans on making an official visit to Idaho in early-to-mid December, while other official stops remain possibilities as well.
But it appears that other programs have their work cut out for them as Coach Terry Hoeppner's program made a big impression.
"If it had been later in the process, I might have thought about committing," said Bush. "I had a really good time out there. It's just that it's still early. I wanted to get out there early and see it.
"I was really pleased with everything there. They are definitely my leader right now."
Bush said Chauncey Incarnato served as his host on his visit, and he had an opportunity to talk with his recruiting coach, Bobby Johnson, as well as Hoeppner during his stay.
He also had an opportunity to watch Indiana's 36-13 win over Illinois during its Homecoming contest and also witnessed some of the new traditions with the program, including the pre-game "Walk."
It all made a big impression on one of the top recruits from the state of Washington.
"The Illinois game was really good, the line blocked really well, the quarterback played well, and the defense played hard," said Bush. "It was fun to watch.
"I also really liked the Bloomington area. They say it's a small town, but it had a big city feel with a small town atmosphere. I liked that – there were a lot of people walking around, but traffic wasn't bad. I really enjoyed it."
Bush said he went to breakfast with Hoeppner and talked on Sunday morning, followed by a meeting with the first-year Hoosier coach.
"My impressions of him and the program are that everything is on the way up – everyone is starting to talk about Hoosier football around there," said Bush. "It's starting to be the heart and soul of the athletic program. Everyone thinks it's a basketball school but now everyone is like they have a football program, too.
"We talked about the team and what he's trying to do, which is get Indiana on the map."
One of the ways Hoeppner plans on doing that is with a second straight solid recruiting class. This year's group with loaded with offensive linemen – Indiana already has commitments from six linemen, while Bush would be a seventh in the class.
"They told me they will have three starters graduating, and that they want to bring some height to the line," said Bush. "They want some big players, and I bring that to the table. They feel that's how I fit in. They like my body and size right now, and I want to pack on at least 10 more pounds and keep my agility and stuff."
Bush, whose helped Rogers get off to a 5-1 start this season, said he plans to make his college decision in mid-to-late December.
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